Make Road Safety Number One These School Holidays
The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorians to stay safe on the roads during the school holidays, wear a seat belt and drive to the conditions.
Twenty-eight people were killed on Victoria’s roads in September last year – the highest number of fatalities recorded for the month in 16 years and the deadliest month for the year.
In September 2023, only halfway through the month, there have already been 11 deaths on Victoria’s roads – and school holidays are higher-risk times, with people taking longer drives on unfamiliar roads.
As the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists are out on the road – many of them families and children. Last September two-thirds of recorded fatalities were vulnerable road users.
If you’re heading out on the roads this school holidays, don’t be complacent. There are steps everyone can take to keep yourself and others safe:
- Plan ahead and research your route.
- Take your time, drive to the conditions and stick to the posted speed limit.
- Wear your seatbelt – and make sure everyone else in the vehicle is wearing theirs as well.
- Avoid distractions. Looking at your phone can be deadly.
- Never drive tired – take regular breaks if you need them.
- Don’t drive impaired.
The TAC is running a social media campaign throughout the spring holiday period, encouraging those travelling to keep road safety front of mind and to plan a pausefrom the road every two hours.
For safe driving tips go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety/safe-driving-tips.